Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ARC Review: The Ex-Factor

The Ex-Factor by Laura Greaves

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia/Destiny Romance, 2015
288 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: March 17th 2015
Genre:New Adult, Romance, COntemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU  | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Talented, gorgeous and hopelessly in love, American movie star Mitchell Pyke and Brazilian supermodel Vida Torres were Hollywood’s most talked-about couple. They seemed destined for ‘happily ever after’ – until Vida left Mitchell for his best friend, and Mitchell publicly vowed he would never love again.

Sydney dog trainer Kitty Hayden has never even heard of Mitchell Pyke. Still reeling from the loss of her mother, Kitty is too busy cleaning up the various messes made by her indolent younger sister, Frankie, and trying to find a girlfriend for her terminally single best friend, Adam, to keep up with celebrity gossip.

When her work takes Kitty to Mitchell’s movie set, their worlds spectacularly collide. The chemistry between them is undeniable – and it’s not long before Kitty is turning her life upside down to be with her leading man.

But as Kitty quickly discovers, when someone as famous as Mitchell Pyke tells the world he’ll never love again, the world listens. And the vindictive Vida is never far away. With constant reminders that she’s merely a consolation prize, how can Kitty compete with such a tenacious adversary – especially when she starts to suspect that Mitchell isn’t over Vida after all?

My Review:
Kitty Hayden is a Sydney-based dog trainer who prefers the company of animals to humans. At the age of 30, she has got a good life a beautiful home left to her by her mother, her dream job as a dog handler on film sets and a whole host of loveable dogs of her own. Her bratty sister Frankie is a little bit less loveable, but it is clear that the sisters really do care for one another. There is also a sexy vet that goes by the name of Adam waiting in the wings but is Kitty the right women for him, or does his heart really lie somewhere a bit less predictable? But anyway Kitty had just scored a new gig as a dog trainer on a major international production that is being shot in Sydney, which puts her in close proximity to Mitchell Pyke a hunky hot Hollywood actor who has publicly vowed never to date again, after his partner, actress Vida Torres left for his best mate, and who seems to have a bif of a chip on his shoulder. Mitchell and Kitty’s first meeting ends in a total disaster (which leads to her being fired) but when the actor arrives at Kitty’s home to apologise some very different kind of sparks being to fly in the air.

This one was so enjoyable and light reading. It might not be the most original plot line for a romance novel, but that doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable truth be told it was a lot of fun. And it was very interesting seeing 2 people with 2 different lively hoods come together and mesh so well, suffering a few misunderstandings along the way. And the ending to this beautilful story is very sweet and fitting.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
I announced my intention to be a writer to my family at the ripe old age of seven, largely because of my dual obsessions with Anne of Green Gables and Murder, She Wrote.

In my early twenties I did what so many young Aussies do and moved to London for a year – but accidentally stayed for five. Many of my experiences in the UK, including working as an entertainment reporter for several London newspapers and becoming (a somewhat inept) godmother to a close friend’s baby daughter, helped to inspire my first novel, Be My Baby.

London also provided me with a dashing English husband, and together we moved to Sydney, where we now live with our two incorrigible (but seriously cute) dogs. My continuing Anne of Green Gables fixation is matched only by my dog obsession, which is why you will always find at least one four-legged friend in my books.

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